Sunday, October 11, 2015

Auditions: Children & Teens at Aspire Performing Arts

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If you live with a young thespian, this is an opportunity they don’t want to miss! On Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18, 2015, Aspire Performing Arts Company will hold auditions for its upcoming production of Children of Eden, by musical theater legend Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell). Auditions and rehearsals for the musical will take place at Our Lady of Consolation on Hamburg Turnpike in Wayne.

Children of Eden is a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith, not to mention centuries of unresolved family business. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that "the hardest part of love... is letting go." The original production was produced here in NJ in 1997 at the Paper Mill Playhouse, starring Stephanie Mills and Adrian Zmed.

Stephen Schwartz is quoted as saying, "I think the work of which I am most proud is Children of Eden, for several reasons. To begin with, I think it's my best score musically. It also contains the song that is maybe my personal favorite of my songs from a purely visceral point of view, "Stranger to the Rain"; a song that embodies how I feel about parenting (which is very important to me), "The Hardest Part of Love"; and above all, the song that most espouses my philosophy of life and which, if I had one song to be remembered by, is the one I would choose: "In the Beginning."

Children of Eden is open to children and teens ages 7 through 18, with many opportunities for lead and featured roles, including an ensemble of Storytellers, who narrate the show. Pre-registration for auditions is preferred.

For more information and to register for auditions, visit or call/email Aspire PAC at 201-220-4933 or

Performances will take place in January 2016 in Wayne, NJ. Children of Eden is directed by Aspire PAC Artistic Director Lisa Beth Vettoso. Randi Seffinger, Aspire PAC Junior Performing Ensemble Production Director, serves as Associate Director on the production.


Lisa Beth Vettoso Aspire Performing Arts was founded in January 2011 by Lisa Beth Vettoso (photo). Ms. Vettoso has more than twenty years of experience in the performing arts and has been working with youth for more than a decade. Aspire Performing Arts Company’s mission is to provide educational workshops and full-length production opportunities for children and teens, offering them a professional arts experience in a friendly atmosphere. For more information on Aspire Performing Arts Company, please visit us at or on Facebook at

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